Green light for Chapman’s office block PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


The Chapman’s Peak four-lane toll plaza and massive two-storey office will soon become a reality. Robin Carlisle, the Minister for Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape, confirmed construction would officially start early this week and should be completed by Easter 2013.

Hout Bay residents reported workers started preparations for the construction on Chapman’s Peak on Thursday last week. The preparations for construction come just days after a mass protest which drew over 2 000 Capetonians to Chapman’s Peak. Len Swimmer, Chairman of the Hout Bay Residents Association, says: “There were between 2 500 and 3 000 protesters but the city just didn’t take notice.” According to Swimmer, the association is in the process of seeking legal advice.

However, Minister Carlisle said he sincerely hoped the Hout Bay Residents Association would not go to court, as this would slow the process down considerably. He remained positive and said: “I think everything will go smoothly.” He added the public had a right to know and that there were no secrets whatsoever.

The minister recently issued a brochure to inform members of the public about the construction of the control centre and toll plaza on Chapman's Peak. “There is a great deal of confusion, misinformation, speculation and rumour regarding the tolling of Chappies,” Carlisle said. “Matters of public concern are best addressed when the people are fully informed. This brochure seeks to do just that.”

The document explains that without tolling, Chapman's Peak Drive will be permanently closed and that due process has been followed from the beginning. The SANParks land involved is in fact 0.,22% of 970 hectares sold by the province to SANParks in 2003, for R1 200.

According to the brochure the operations centre and toll plaza is vital to the operations and safety needed to manage Chapman's Peak Drive as a whole. Day passes can continue provided permanent tolling facilities are introduced.

Source: Travel Today - News & Specials



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